Swindon Town have announced the departures from the academy along with the new crop of first year scholars joining the programme for next year.

Following a very successful year for the Swindon academy which saw every under-18 player train with the first team and 14 different academy players make an appearance in the senior side the group for next year has been announced.

Four of the second-year scholars in the under-18s were given professional contracts: Joel McGregor, Redman Evans, Sonny Hart, and Jaxon Brown and Town have now announced that the other six players will depart the club.

Finlay Adams, Archie Milne, Fletcher Hubbard, Josh Keyes, and Abu Kanu will all leave the club, with Academy Player Care Manager Sophie Morrow helping them with the transition into the next phase of their careers either in football or elsewhere.

Academy Manager, Alex Pike added: "Swindon Town Academy wishes success upon every boy moving into the next stage of their footballing journey.

“They have all been part of a really positive moment for the academy, both on and away from the pitch, and we are incredibly proud of them all.

“I'd like to wish everyone success in the future in their journey as footballers and thank everybody for their efforts and humility during their time with us."

This news came alongside the announcement of eight new players joining as first-year scholars, with Harry Gray, Joseph Owiti, Owen Foye, Kian Larkins, Josh Terry, Lucas Myers, Anton Robinson, and Charlie Betts.

This group will join up with the existing under-18s players who have remained following an exciting 2023/24 campaign: Botan Ameen, Liam Hutt, Harry Chard, Antony McCormick, Alistair Stewart, Miles Obodo, George Alston, Dani Gonzalez, and Conor Britchford-Stanley.

Two of the new group have already been involved with the first team, Gray made his debut against Reading in the EFL Trophy and was a second-half substitute against Aldershot Town in the FA Cup and Kian Larkins was on the bench against Exeter City in the EFL Trophy.

The group features seven players who have stepped up from the club’s under-16 side, with goalkeeper Anton Robinson, who has already been training with the first team, joining having been released by Millwall.

Pike added: “The last ten days have seen the Under-18s programme come alive again, including the first-years getting their first real taste of the full-time environment.”

“It has been great to welcome everyone back and we are excited about the season ahead and seeing each other grow.”